Today, 22nd June, is Windrush Day. Introduced in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the docking of the ship HMT Empire Windrush in Essex, Windrush Day commemorates and celebrates postwar immigration to the UK from the Caribbean. In light of current conversations about race, racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has seen protests centred in Brixton’s Windrush Square, it remains vital to tell and understand the Windrush story. Though frequently mistreated and maligned by the country they chose to call home, black immigrants from the West Indies have enriched this country in every respect. The following blog was originally published as part of CCCU Library’s celebrations for Black History Month 2019 and its messages remain relevant.
Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Charles Kinsey… they all felt like they were going to be watershed moments, the catalyst for change… and perhaps every tragic death has led to this moment. The murder of George Floyd has become a global rally cry and has sparked a real desire for understanding and for change.
On the 10th June Reni Eddo-Lodge announced via Twitter that she had become the first and only black British woman to top Britain’s non-fiction book bestseller chart. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, was published in June 2017 to critical acclaim and recent events have rocketed reader interest. As positive as this is, it feels wrong that it has taken a tragedy for it to happen. The author described it as a “horrible indictment of the publishing industry.” The book though is essential reading.
We have several titles available as e-books through LibrarySearch that might help answer some of the questions you have about the Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve included links to LibrarySearch but remember to login to get full text access.
2020 is the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife and as part of our celebrations, CCCU Libraries are writing a series of blogs. We have so far looked at two significant figures in the history of nursing, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, and today we are using the library’s online resources to explore the history of nursing in the UK within one of our most precious institutions, the National Health Service (NHS). As a university we are so very proud of our nursing and midwifery students and graduates and recent global events have reinforced just how vital they are and how much appreciation they deserve.
The Mental Health Foundation works to prevent mental health problems and is the home of the #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. This year, they have chosen Kindness as their main focus because:
Kindness. There is one golden rule. It comes in many forms and said in many ways. But, ultimately always means the same thing ‘do unto others, as you would have them do unto you’. This is a staple of life, existing throughout time, embedding itself into humanity. This saying, in its original form, can be traced back to the Holy Bible ‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you: do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets’ (Matthew 7:12)
Even though our stressless areas and activities are currently unavailable due to the current health crisis, we still want to help. During this time of self-distancing and self-isolation it is even more important to take care of our physical, emotional and mental health, as well as our general well being.
There is a vast supply of virtual activities already in place, prior to the corona virus outbreak; with more being introduced due to the current circumstance, many of which can be found through social media.